I was raised in a very conservative family- sex was not discussed openly, but you certainly did not want a reputation as a “loose girl.” How that could happen was up to me to figure out, but it had something to do with boys. When I got to college, it was the late sixties, and love, free sex and birth control pills were everywhere! How could I deal with these new freedoms? I was excited by the ideas, but scared of the consequences if I made the wrong choices. In the back of my mind, I was consoled by the thought of Planned Parenthood – somewhere I could go if there were questions or issues that I could never discuss at home.
I married and raised two daughters in a home where I hoped we could discuss most anything. I always tried to convey these thoughts: ask me, I love you, trust me, I will not lie, and if I don’t know the answer, we will find out. Of course, mothers and daughters cannot always discuss everything without some embarrassment or judgement, so when they were away at university, I told them, “go to Planned Parenthood – they will always be there for you.” Continue reading